FIA amend jump start regulations for 2018

Date published: September 24 2017 - Editor

The FIA will introduce penalties for illegal race starts in 2018 after reviewing the Sporting Regulations – for both jumping the lights and not lining up on the grid correctly.

Valtteri Bottas was accused of jumping the start at the Austrian Grand Prix by both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, but his data revealed he had moved within 0.201s of the lights going out.

But that race incident, as well as Vettel lining up partly outside of his grid slot in China, has prompted the FIA to review the regulations.

The amended version of Article 36.13 of the Sporting Regulations is as follows:

Either of the penalties under Articles 38.3c) or d) [a drive through penalty or 10-second stop-and-go penalty] will be imposed on any driver who is judged to have:

a) Moved before the start signal is given, such judgement being made by an FIA approved and supplied transponder fitted to each car, or:

b) Positioned his car on the starting grid in such a way that the transponder is unable to detect the moment at which the car first moved from its grid position after the start signal is given.